GRPD: Man thrown off of car during crash, driver flees

A Grand Rapids police cruiser blocks off the Lane Avenue entrance ramp to I-196. The highway was shut down following a rollover crash.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Police Department wants help from the public after a bizarre pair of hit-and-run crashes early Sunday.

GRPD said there was a report of a hit-and-run crash near the intersection of Fourth Street and Valley Avenue NW around 1:30 a.m. The man who reportedly hit another vehicle tried to flee the scene, but the driver of the other car jumped onto the hood of the suspect vehicle. According to police, the suspect driver drove to the Lane Avenue ramp to westbound I-196 with the other man on top of the car.

A woman in the victim’s car followed the suspect vehicle. Trying to lose her, GRPD said, the suspect driver slammed on his brakes at the on-ramp, causing a second crash with the victim vehicle.

The crash caused the suspect driver to lose control and his vehicle to roll over, throwing the other man from the hood and down a grassy hill. He sustained several injuries, including a severe cut to his leg and a broken arm, but police said his wounds are not life-threatening.

The woman in the victim vehicle wasn’t injured. A 23-year-old woman who was in the suspect’s car sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the car that rolled over fled the scene before police arrived. A police K-9 couldn’t track him.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help to find that driver. They had only a limited description of him Monday. The woman who was in the suspect’s car told officers she had just met him. GRPD also said the vehicle that rolled was still in the previous owner’s name and that there was no record of to whom it was sold.

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.